A similar lawsuit in Philadelphia resulted in a settlement agreement two years ago, so Monday’s ruling will have no impact here.
City solicitor Shelley Smith notes that the city government is immune from financial liability in accidents except for certain narrow exceptions, which don’t apply in this tragedy.
Mayor Michael Nutter is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up the question of whether he can impose a new contract on the city’s blue-collar workers’ union.
The Nutter Administration has decided not to appeal two years of pay raises awarded by an arbitrator last month to the police union.
Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who chairs the Philadelphia Gas Commission, doesn’t believe that PGW ratepayers should foot the bill for the privatization effort.